Cloud Computing Jobs: All You Need To Know To Get Into This New, Wondrous Field

Cloud computing jobs sound very futuristic, but do you know that CoWin, Aarogya Setu, MyGov Saathi, and other COVID-19 Data Repositories during the pandemic are all cloud computing? Read on.

With the pandemic and rise in work from home culture there has been a rapid rise in cloud computing jobs and an increase in demand for cloud computing professionals. It is the right time for computer and IT professionals to make a mark in the field of cloud computing careers.

Cloud computing jobs are rapidly increasing and the industry is going through a boom. With its ever evolving and innovative technologies, cloud computing jobs are truly challenging and satisfying too for the field is the future of IT. Cloud computing jobs though time consuming are high paying and provide long term job security.

But what is cloud computing?

Cloud computing, simply explained here, is the delivery of computing services such as servers, databases, storage, networking, software, analytics and intelligence, over the internet. The cloud is flexible, innovative, and one typically pays for cloud services you want to use hence lowering a company’s operating costs.

A cloud providing company’s job is to manage their customer’s IT infrastructure, integrate applications, develop new capabilities and keep pace with the industry demands.

Even the Indian government knows that the cloud is the future for they have adopted cloud services to harness the benefits of cloud computing. The Indian government has started the GI Cloud or the Meghraj initiative which focuses on accelerating delivery of e-services in the country optimising information and communication technology spending of the government.

The government set up various COVID cloud initiatives such as CoWin, Aarogya Setu, MyGov Saathi, Curfew ePass and other COVID-19 Data Repositories during the pandemic. These easy to use, and dynamic cloud services ensured India was well-equipped to fight the pandemic.

The top computer science and cloud computing colleges in India include  IIT Madras, IIT Roorkee, IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, BITS Pilani, DA-IICT, Gandhinagar, SRM University, Chennai among others.

There are many opportunities for IT professionals in cloud computing jobs let us look at some of them

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According to sources, the cloud infrastructure market in India is estimated to expand at a compound annual growth rate CAGR of ~23.61% during the forecast period (2019-2024) and will reach a value of INR 196.46 Bn by 2024.

As increasingly more companies turn to cloud computing services for their data storage etc needs, there is a boom in the industry creating a vast number of jobs. Let us look at some cloud computing jobs that can catapult  your career on an upward trajectory.

Having a strong foundation of basic cloud concepts, hands on experience, being up to date with the industry and its challenges, and most importantly having certifications are a must to carve a niche for yourself in the cloud computing field. Choosing the right certifications for your job role is a requirement.

Cloud administrator

The main responsibility of a cloud administrator is to work with the IT department to develop and support Windows, cloud, or Unix infrastructure. They are also responsible for providing technical assistance for cloud-based systems and resolving any operational problems.

Important certifications other than a computer science or IT degree for this are

  • AWS Certified SysOps Administrators
  • Google Apps Certified Administrator
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert
  • Cloud Credential Council – Professional Cloud Administrator Certification
  • HP ATP – Cloud Administrator V1
  • VMware Certified Cloud Professional
  • Certified OpenStack Administrator

Annual Salary: 6.3 lakhs per annum 

Cloud Developer

Cloud Developers typically analyse customer needs, design systems, do coding and debugging. They take on the role of technicians, architects, engineers and analysts as well as application developers.

Hands-on experience on major cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure are what recruiters look for when looking for a good cloud developer. DevOps skills and knowledge of various programming languages and development tools are a must.

Important certifications include

  • AWS Certified Developer – Associate or Professional
  • Salesforce Certified Platform Developer
  • Microsoft Certified Azure Developer Associate
  •  Google Certified Professional Cloud Developer

Annual Salary: 8.3 lakhs per annum 

Cloud Network Engineer

A cloud network engineer simply put, is responsible for working with hardware and software of network computing. They ensure that clients and multiple people are able to access shared resources in a secure manner that are in a remotely stored server.

Some key responsibilities of cloud network engineers include-

  • Design and implement customer-specific cloud solutions
  • Identify appropriate cloud providers
  • Ensuring the cloud network is responsive to user demands
  • Scaling cloud services to serve growing businesses
  • Troubleshooting issues and monitoring the cloud network usage
  • Implementing effective security strategies on cloud networks

Qualifications required

Cloud engineers in general and network engineers need to have at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science or information technology and up to date industry certifications. They also need to get software development experience, using programming languages such as Java, AngularJS, C++, and Python.

Cloud network engineers also need to know a number of tech tools and platforms, such as SQL, Kubernetes, Spark, Hadoop, Scala, Kafka, and Redshift. Knowledge important skills to know are DevOps, Docker, and Linux.

Industry certifications

Since the cloud computing world is constantly evolving, an engineer needs to have uptodate industry certifications that include emphasis on cloud, security and network topics among others.

Some important professional specifications include

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) from (ISC)², Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) etc.

Average annual salary: 5.4 lakhs per annum

Cloud Architect

Cloud architects design and build cloud computing architecture. They develop computing strategies for their clients. They plan, design, monitor and manage cloud applications.


  • Other than having a computer science or IT degree, a cloud architect must be able to work with different operating systems, such as Linux, Windows, Unix, and Ubuntu.
  • Programming languages: such as Python, C#, or Java
  • Networking: As a cloud architect, you should be able to work with concepts like domain name system (DNS), transmission control protocol/internet protocol (TCP/IP), virtual private network (VPN), and hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP).
  • Cloud-based security concepts: As a cloud architect, one should be proficient in concepts like using Identity and Access Management, firewalls, VPN and in-plane switching (IPS) systems.

Annual Salary: 21 lakhs per annum

Cloud security professional

A cloud security professional manages the cloud security of their clients or their own company. They work with developers to ensure that the cloud apps has safe, reliable, tight security. You must have formal training and important certifications to become a cloud security professional.

Some important certifications include

  • Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)
  • Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) by ISC2
  • The Cloud Security Engineer Professional Certificate offered by Google Cloud
  • Courses offered by the Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) body, including:  GIAC Cloud Security Essentials (GCLD), GIAC Cloud Security Automation (GCSA), GIAC Public Cloud Security (GPCS), GIAC Cloud Penetration Tester (GCPN)

Annual Salary: 18 lakhs per annum 

These are just some of the amazing jobs in the cloud computing field, others include, cloud project managers that create new products to integrate into the cloud,  cloud brokers that manage the performance and delivery of cloud services among many others. The cloud computing jobs market is ever growing in India and the future surely looks bright.

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